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Feeding Five Thousand

Food for Five Thousand!


Jesus still does miracles and we only need to believe and trust in Him.

Bible Text:

Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-13.



Jesus was teaching near a town called Bethsaida and about five thousand men, as well as many women and children were listening to Him.  Jesus saw that it was getting late and the sun was starting to set.  Soon it would be supper time and He knew the people were getting hungry.

"We need to give these people something to eat," said Jesus.  "Where can we buy food for all these people?" asked Philip, "We don't have enough money to buy food for everybody.  It would take seven month's wages to pay for enough food!"  Andrew then spoke up, "Here's a little boy who has brought five loaves of bread and two fish with him.  But that's not enough food for even two of these people!"

How much Food would You Need?

Imagine trying to feed more than five thousand people with only five little loaves and two small fishes.  They wouldn't even get one crumb each!  How many loaves and fish do you think it would take to feed five thousand people? (Let the children respond).

In those days they only made small loaves, and after all, the boy was going to eat all the five loaves and two fish by himself!  And I think that some of you would eat at least three times as much!  And so I think it would take at least twenty five thousand small loaves and about ten thousand fishes.

That's a whole lot of food, isn't it.  How long would that last one of you girls? (Let the children respond).  I'm sure that it would be enough to feed one girl for nearly thirty five years!

Giving to Jesus:

Anyway, the boy willingly gave his supper to Jesus.  Jesus then asked His disciples to get all the people to sit down in groups of fifty.  Then He thanked God for the food and then broke it into pieces and gave it to the disciples to hand out the bread and fishes to the people.

Peter could not believe it as he looked down at a loaf and fish in his basket, and saw them begin to multiply into two, then four, then eight, then sixteen!  How would you feel if you saw this happening before your very eyes? (Let the children respond).

Peter's Problem!

Peter's eyes grew as big as saucers as he watched it multiply into a huge pile of food!  "Quick," he said to the nearest person, "Take some before it falls onto the ground!  Peter got all excited and shouted to the other disciples, "Hey, come and help me, I can't hold all this food, it's multiplying too fast for me to carry!"

The disciples probably ran to each group of fifty people and quickly dropped off dozens of loaves and fishes, and then ran on to the next group before their baskets began to overflow again!

More Than Enough!

At last, it was the disciple's turn and there were still heaps of bread and fishes left for them to eat.  "What a feast," Philip murmured, as he burped loudly and rubbed his overfull stomach, "I have never seen so much food in all my life!"

I'm sure that John teased him and said, "Well, look what can be done with less than a day's wages, and you thought it would take seven month's wages to feed all these people!"  Philip gave a sheepish grin, "I never thought the Master could do something like this.  It's been a tremendous miracle!"

When all the people were finished eating, the Disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.  I am sure that as they went to sleep that night they must have been thinking that they had such little faith.  But, what a marvellous Friend Jesus was, He did miracles and provided their every need!

A Miracle for You!

I'm certain that that little boy must have run home shouting, "Hey, Mom!   Remember those five loaves and two fishes you gave me?  Well, I've just seen a man feed thousands and thousands of people with them!"  I wonder what his mother replied? (Let the children respond).

And today, Jesus is still the same and He can still do miracles in our lives.  We only need to believe and speak to Him in prayer and then trust Him to meet our need.

Perhaps you need a miracle in your life today.  Why not ask Jesus for it right now.  And then put your faith and trust in Jesus that He not only heard your prayer, but that He is pleased to answer it as well!

God bless.


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